"Uncle Eli's Quilting Party" is an annual community gathering which welcomes quilts and wall hanging for display, as well as quilters to set up their frames and do live quilting. The High School class of 1921 was held in Cal Thompson's vacant cotton gin, under the direction of Professor E.P. Dixon. He named his rural make-shift school for the inventor of the cotton gin: Eli Whitney.
That unknowing "Eli" became the namesake of "Uncle Eli's Quilting Party" stated at the relocated school in 1931 to boost attendance at the 1st Thursday in April PTA meeting.
Even before its public unveiling, this highway marker has generated conversation. It has has a sneak preview phto-shoot for a forthcoming NC history, "From Manteo to Murphy", to be published in South Carolina.
The highway marker of cast metal, double sided, silver with black lettering and carries the history seal of Alamance County with a slight modification of design over matter. Centered over the history text, that tells of the former school, is the outline of a lady quilting, noting site location of Uncle Eli's Quilting Party. Many may not be aware that this local folk custom has been enhanced by writings in national publications, hard back books, and quilting anthologizes. This "Quilt Lady" sign will identify a community with a metal landmark coming from stitches.
Other InformationHost Annual Events : YesAnnual Event Listing : Uncle Eli's Quilting Party is held annually the first Thursday in April at Eli Whitney Community Center.Admission : FreeHours : Sunrise-Sunset